ARE YOU ENJOYING BEING BACK IN THE UK?
I love it! I always love coming back here, and now I’m doing pantomime. I play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and it’s a delicious role. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s my first time [doing panto] and I’m really enjoying every moment of it.
YOU’VE GOT SOME GREAT CO-STARS WHO WILL LOOK AFTER YOU, LIKE WAYNE SLEEP AND TIM VINE
They already have. I’ve just sort of stood staring blankly during rehearsals, but they’ve been so good to me. Really, really, wonderful. They’re charming, experienced, funny... We’re already this wonderful little family. It’s quite something.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION?
Ha ha! That was all new to me. My eyes widened when I heard it - audience participation! Again, it’s a great experience.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I love to walk, so whenever I have a moment, I walk around and explore that way - I think that’s the best way to see anything.
OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE STILL VERY WELL KNOWN FOR PLAYING SUE ELLEN IN DALLAS. WERE YOU SORRY WHEN THE REVAMPED SERIES CAME TO AN END?
Yes, of course. But you don’t dwell on it. You’re sad, but it’s part of being an actor. You become a family, and when that family dissipates, you have to go back to doing your own thing. There’s a sadness that you don’t see them every day or afterwards for dinner. But everyone goes off to do something else and you cheer them on, and then you meet again six months, a year, five years later, and you connect again.
IT ALWAYS LOOKS AS IF IT WAS A GREAT SHOW TO WORK ON - WERE YOU HAVING A LOT OF FUN?
Oh it was really lovely, extraordinary. As an actor, when you have those great moments, they’re the ones that are locked in your being forever.
WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN THE ORIGINAL BECAME SUCH A MASSIVE HIT IN THE 1980s?
I was very surprised! We were just doing these crazy things, being these eccentric Texans, having no concept that around the world, people were enthralled by it.
THE BRITS WENT CRAZY FOR THE ‘WHO SHOT JR’ STORYLINE. IT MUST HAVE BEEN STRANGE HEARING STORIES ABOUT HOW DESPERATE WE WERE TO FIND OUT WHODUNIT
Oh I know. I think you guys were the biggest fans of any country. You so appreciated everything we did, it was wonderful. Again, we were in California in a film studio, having no concept of the enormity of the filming we were doing.
ARE YOU STILL FOND OF SUE ELLEN?
I love Sue Ellen! I do! I love her! If she was here right now, she and I would have high tea together and go shopping, and probably have a glass of wine at night.
Dallas is on every weekday throughout January on CBS Drama. Cinderella runs at the New Wimbledon Theatre until January 11